Organic, what does it mean?

What is organic?

There are lots of reasons to choose organic, such as health, the environment and animal welfare. The increasing popularity of organic products has to do with the fact that people are more and more aware of the impact food has on their health and society. But why is organic food healthier and better for animals and nature? And how do you know for sure if a product is truly organic?

How do I recognise an organic product?

A product can only be called organic if it has been checked and fulfils all the requirements for the European EU quality label. This includes all European quality labels, such as the EKO quality label. So not all products labelled ‘natural’ are automatically truly organic.

Why is organic healthier?

Organic food is healthier because it is produced naturally. This means that no pesticides are used in the production of fruit and vegetables and it is richer in nutrients such as vitamin C and minerals. The nitrate content is also lower and it contains fewer waste materials from pesticides. As organic vegetables and fruit can grow at a slow and natural rate, no unnecessary, and often toxic, chemicals need to be used.

Why does organic taste better?

Taste is personal, but anyone who has tasted organic will know the meaning of delicious and pure. There’s a reason that top chefs prefer to work with organic products. This is all thanks to the natural way they are produced and the fact that the pure taste is retained. No preservatives or other aroma, flavour or colouring agents are used.

Why is organic better for the environment?

In the production of organic products, optimal use is always made of what the natural environment has to offer. Organic farmers do not treat their soil with chemicals and they give animals a good, natural life.  Organic farming therefore prevents the disruption of nature. As only natural fertiliser is used and this is also reused, there is no manure surplus. Toxic substances are also not added to water and the surrounding nature, which has a positive impact on the local environment. This then has a positive impact on the growth of flowers and plants, which are displaced by conventional agriculture. This is good for biodiversity. FZ Organic Food and its suppliers also observe the condition that products cannot travel long distances unnecessarily. So the health of the environment and society are central to the logistics process.

 

What is an ‘honest’ price

The production of organic products is more intensive and often demands more time and attention, as everything takes place through natural processes. If an organic product is more expensive, this is always explicable and transparent. It is 100% guaranteed that farmers, both in the Netherlands and abroad, receive the right price. Everyone must receive an honest price, so that people are able to deliver the best quality organic products.

Why is organic better for society?

Organic farming is better for society, or for the environment, animals and people, for many reasons. Organic farming is better for the environment in all respects. In fact, nature is encouraged to grow and develop, as no chemicals are used. Dykes, lakes and groundwater are less polluted, which saves money on water purification. Organic farming methods also reduce the risk of outbreaks of animal diseases such as BSE and the infamous swine and bird flus.

The social benefits of the organic industry are reinforced by choosing employees in the immediate region. The choice for suppliers in the region also has the advantage that transportation costs can be saved, which results in a huge saving on raw materials at a large scale.